Thursday’s Mini-Report, 5.24.18

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* There is no such evidence: “Congressional Democrats say that a classified briefing held Thursday for top leaders about the FBI’s investigation into President Trump’s 2016 campaign did not offer evidence that supports the allegation that an intelligence agency placed a spy in the campaign.”

* The compromise measure was only released a couple of days ago and now it’s done: “After months of debate, the Senate has finally reached an agreement on a bill to curtail sexual harassment on Capitol Hill. On Thursday, the Senate passed the bill on a voice vote.”

* Keep an eye on this one: “A Border Patrol agent shot and killed a woman who had crossed the border illegally near Laredo, Tex., on Wednesday after the officer came under attack, federal authorities said.”

* Moving backward quickly: “Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday scoffed at American demands that his country curb its military ambitions and issued his own set of demands to Europe to remain in the nuclear deal.”

* This probably won’t end well: “President Donald Trump wants to put a 25 percent tariff on imports of automobiles under a similar authority that allowed him to slap duties on imports of steel and aluminum in order to protect U.S. national security, a senior administration official confirmed.”

* Rudy Giuliani last talked to Donald Trump a “couple weeks ago.” Given how much the former mayor speaks on the president’s behalf, that’s unexpected.

* An election worth watching: “Ireland, a once staunchly Catholic country, will hold a national referendum Friday on whether to overturn its strict abortion law, and polls show the vote will be close.”

* Trump’s pardons, if nothing else, tend to make news: “President Donald Trump pardoned black boxing champion Jack Johnson on Thursday, posthumously nullifying his conviction by an all-white jury for an interracial relationship more than 100 years ago.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Thursday's Mini-Report, 5.24.18